After years of wanting a chalkboard wall, I finally broke down and painted a few walls in my kitchen. Part of what drove me to paint the walls was the unorganized chaos on the side of my refrigerator. With another school year fast approaching, I knew I needed to do something about the mess. We always use our side door and this messy space is the first thing you see when you walk in the door. It was getting way out of control and I needed to do something drastic.
See what I mean? As hard as I tried the side of my refrigerator ended up being a catch all for everything and anything.
Our walls have also been taking a huge beating since starting our garage and mudroom/kitchen addition. My son likes to bathe in the dirt and track it into the house day after day. Painting the walls a dark color and giving my kids the chance to draw on the walls was the perfect solution to camouflage the dirt.
I started by painting two coats of chalkboard paint on each wall and letting it dry overnight.
Once the paint was dry, I used the side of large sidewalk chalk to prep each wall. I'm not gonna lie, it makes a mess and I had to completely wipe down my entire kitchen when I was done.
Now that the walls were finished it was time to get organized. I ran out to Goodwill to look for a large frame and was lucky enough to find exactly what I was looking for.
Nice, huh? I gave it a few coats of white paint then used sandpaper to distress the sides and it was the perfect addition to the chalkboard wall. I also worked on creating a couple chalkboard labels for the magazine rack.
Each of my kids now has a space for all their school work and important papers. I'm hoping this will keep my refrigerator and counters clutter free.
The paint is a bit dark for my cramped kitchen, but I love how it looks. It's such a fun spot for the kids and since it's only temporary it was worth doing.
Now for the rest of the kitchen.
About three years ago we updated our kitchen with new flooring, countertops and appliances (including, installing an above the range microwave). At the time, we didn't think a full blown kitchen expansion and remodel would be financially possible. I'm glad we did the updates, but looking back I probably would have just waited.